This a fascinating graph showing the relationship between educational attainment and support for Obama in the last presidential election. That said, I’m skeptical that "white-collar" America is the key to overcoming the President’s disfavor of "blue-collar" American as the NY Times article suggests. Maybe this is true in NC and VA, but I think demographics (e.g., Latino and Hispanic voters) may prove more important in the West and South (e.g., CO, FL, NV). In any event, you can see that in terms of baseline electoral votes, the Democrats have a position of strength compared to the Republicans. Given the economy and the enthusiasm gap among Dems, this has the makings to be a 2000/2004 style close election.